desk jockey

desk jockey

noun Informal.
an office worker who sits at a desk, often as contrasted with someone who does more important or active work: desk jockeys at the CIA.

Origin:
1950–55; modeled on disk jockey

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Main Entry:  desk jockey
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a person who works at a desk in an office, esp. carrying out routine tasks
Etymology:  1943; patterned on disk jockey
Usage:  derogatory informal
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  1. n.
    someone who works at a desk in an office. (Patterned on disk jockey.) : I couldn't stand being a cooped-up desk jockey.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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